Luxury travel news this week


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This igloo-themed hotel is set to open at the North Pole — for $100,000 per person

It’s a travel experience so unique that it only takes place during one month each year. A Finnish luxury travel company is set to open a movable hotel at the North Pole that offers a rare and eco-conscious experience for the adventurous traveler who can swing the roughly $100,000 price tag for up to a five-night stay. The North Pole Igloos is slated to welcome its first guests in 2020 and will operate every April. The experience is the brainchild of Janne Honkanen, founder and chief executive of Luxury Action, a high-end travel company specializing in arctic excursions… [read more]

From private islands to superyachts: 4 guilty pleasures of the rich and famous

From lounging under the Mediterranean sun on a 180m stretch of yacht to jetting off to private islands, when it comes to spending, the wealthy know how to indulge. It’s guilty pleasures galore on this list of things the rich and famous have squandered their millions on… [read more]

Visiting space will be “just like going on a cruise” says space hotel architect

The first commercial space hotel will be more like a cruise ship than Stanley Kubrick’s sleek space station from 2001, says Tim Alatorre, senior design architect of the Von Braun Space Station. The Gateway Foundation is designing the world’s first space hotel – the Von Braun Space Station – with the aim of making visiting space accessible to everyone. It will have gravity, full-working kitchens, bars, and interiors made with natural materials and colours… [read more]

Aman announces its first ultra-luxury hotel and residences in Bangkok

Pre-eminent hotel and resort brand Aman has signed a long-term partnership with Nai Lert Group to manage Aman’s first hotel and residences in Bangkok, and its second in Thailand after Amanpuri in Phuket… [read more]

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Take a look inside the most expensive hotel room in the world

The world’s most expensive hotel room doubles as an art gallery. Featuring work by world-renowned – and oftentimes controversial – contemporary artist Damien Hirst, the Empathy Suite at the Palms Casino Resort is now available for booking. At $100,000 (R1.4 million) per night, the Empathy Suite tops last year’s high-ranking Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson Hotel; the Geneva hotel charged $80,000 (R1.2 million) per night for its top accommodation… [read more]

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Comments (7)

  1. Lydia Haigh says:

    I’m guessing that there’s no luggage limit on the arctic safari? I see that thermals are supplied but I still think you’d be struggling with a 23kg allowance to keep yourself warm when the temperature drops down as low as – 40 centigrade! The logistics of getting equipment and people in to place must be phenomenal and hugely expensive. To be honest I was expecting a bigger price tag than $100,000.

    • Piers says:

      So when you are packing for the sub-zero arctic adventure there’s no need to pack the Factor 50 sun-cream and flip-flops?

  2. Karen Morris says:

    Love Jason Kobler’s piece on Space Cruising, a nice bit of left-field thinking. We always like to think that the future’s going to be better than the past. I agree with his view that heading off into space isn’t necessarily going to solve all our problems. Humans will be humans whether they are in space or on Planet Earth.

    The thought of a norovirus outbreak in space ain’t pretty and crashing into an asteroid through some poor navigation is going to have more serious consequences than running ashore on the rocks in the Med.

    • Katie Danes says:

      I hadn’t even contemplated the possibility of some kind of virus outbreak in space. That definitely wouldn’t be pretty. I’m with you in agreeing jetting off into space isn’t going to solve our problems, not the man made problems, societal issues, economic catastrophes or environmental crises. I’m also a little concerned that Sat Navs still keep directing people into rivers, yet we’re putting our faith in space ships directing us to a random hotel out in space.

  3. Sunil says:

    Never stayed in an Aman hotel but my colleagues who have say that the luxury is second to none. Hoping to do more business in Bangkok over the next decade so I’ll look out for their opening date.

  4. Abbie Hurst says:

    I don’t know what surprises me more. I find it unbelievable that there’s a British academic who researches super yachts and the super wealthy or that there is etiquette on how you are supposed to use your super yacht. Incredible.

  5. Katie Danes says:

    Such a funky idea to have a one month a year hotel at the North Pole, it makes it so elusive and special. It makes my eyes water to think of splashing out $100,000 for 5 nights though. I hope that’s all inclusive!
    I love reading about the space trips of the future, even though it’s quite hard to imagine it being a reality. One day it will be. With the space hotel be on a planet or randomly floating in space? I won’t get my hopes up for visiting in my lifetime, it would be far too expensive but it makes staying in that North Pole hotel seem more realistic. Heck, even the Empathy Suite would be more price friendly, and that’s saying something. How the other half live, eh!

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